Bergen Alliance Counseling Services LLC

Individuals. Children. Adolescents. Couples. Families.

Adolescent & Teen 

Adolescent Therapy


In working with Adolescents or teens requires flexibility and patience. In working with them 

the therapist must enter their world, because it is greatly different cognitively and emotional 

then the world of a child or adult. As children and adolescents grow, they are constantly in 

the process of developing their social skills and emotional intelligence necessary to lead 

heathy and happy lives. When adolescents or teens, experience emotions or engage in 

behaviors that interfere with their happiness,ability to thrive, and emotional stability, it is time to do something. An unhappy teen is a stressful family in most cases, and when this occurs, the teen/adolescent may benefit from meeting with a professional therapist who has 

experience working with this group. Quite often parents tell us their child did not like the previous therapist and are turned off to therapy. 

At Bergen Alliance, we have a great deal of experience and the skills necessary to work effectively with teens. We are always able to change 

a previous negative experience to a positive one. Our philosophy is to respect each adolescent/teen and not assume we know what they are 

feeling or experiencing. We follow their lead, listen, joke with them, and develop a trusting relationship. Many therapists are not successful 

with this group primarily because they are unable to gain the trust and respect of the teen. When you walk into a Bergen Alliance office, 

you can feel the warmth of our office and you and your child will immediately feel at ease with us.


ADOLESCENT ISSUES:


Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Behaviors


Truancy or School Refusal


Selective Mutism


ADHD, ODD, PDD


OCD


Relational or peer issues


Shyness


Bullying


Divorce, Separation, Custody


Conflict with parents, Aggressive Behaviors, Acting Out


Illness


Teen Pregnancy, Drugs, Alcohol


Bipolar or Borderline Disorders, Self Mutilation


Low Self-Esteem Issues


Sexuality Issues


Inability to maintain friendships